What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy?
Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy (PT) addresses the muscles, ligaments, connective tissues and joints inside and surrounding the pelvis. It is treatment for those with urinary or fecal incontinence and/or pain in the pelvic region. It is similar to any other type of physical therapy that focuses on decreasing pain, improving strength, and addressing movement disorders.
The goal of pelvic floor PT is to promote maximal function and improve quality of life, pertaining to pelvic muscles that can influence basic activities of daily life (such as urination, defecation or sexual activity).
Who can benefit?
Individuals who are dealing with urinary incontinence or fecal incontinence, pelvic pain or pain in areas surrounding pelvis (hip or low back). This can range from...
- Individuals who want to be able to walk and squat without pelvic pain.
- Mothers who just gave birth wanting to get back to exercise without pain.
- Those who simply want to get through the day without having to wear an incontinence diaper or pad.
- Athletes with incontinence every time they perform their activity/sport.
- Those who experience painful intercourse.
Additional diagnoses we treat include...
- Pudendal Neuralgia
- Interstitial Cystitis
- Levator Myalgia
What makes Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy at NCEPT unique?
No "one-size-fits-all" approach
We take time during the evaluation to uncover contributing factors of the pelvic floor dysfunction unique to each patient in order to provide individualized care.
No biofeedback or electrical stimulation used
Our manual hands-on treatment consists of soft tissue mobilization and trigger point release internally and/or externally, as well as joint mobilizations or manipulation.
More than just Kegels
We customize each treatment plan and approach recovery through a balanced recommendation of Kegels and functional exercises. This muscle group responds to gravity, ground reaction forces and the way the body moves.
Our goal is to teach you how to manage your condition on your own successfully. We find that it is necessary for patients to have an active role in their own healing in order to feel their best.
Meet Our Women's Health Specialist
Ivy received her degree in Exercise Science at CSU Dominguez Hills and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Saint Augustine for Health Sciences. During graduate school, she took special interest in pelvic floor and had clinical rotations in clinics that specialized in Women's Health and Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy. After receiving her Doctorate, she pursued further education through the Herman and Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute learning treatment for pelvic floor dysfunction. She has a passion for treating individuals with pelvic floor dysfunction and/or orthopedic conditions, utilizing myofascial release techniques, joint mobilizations, and therapeutic exercise with focus on return to function. She loves empowering her patients and seeing them get back to the activities they love. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and puppy, muay thai, aerial silks, learning new things and traveling to new places. She is a swim instructor and licensed scuba diver.